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The moment parents found out son’s pains were tumours 

Heartbroken mother Janessa Whatcott has revealed how her six-year-old son is fighting life-threatening cancer after she thought he was suffering growing pains. 

Nixon had been complaining to his mother about pains he was experiencing in his leg for a few weeks when she decided to take him to the doctor.

But as the pain got worse, an X-ray showed tumors on Nixon’s leg.

Nixon (pictured) was complaining about some pain in his body when his mother decided to take him to the doctor to find out what was wrong

Nixon went in for a quick X-ray on 15 February and tumours were found on his femur

Nixon went in for a quick X-ray on 15 February and tumours were found on his femur

Nixon was later taken to an oncology department where he got another X-ray and blood drawn, then taken into a CT scan followed by a MRI  

Nixon was later taken to an oncology department where he got another X-ray and blood drawn, then taken into a CT scan followed by a MRI  

Within a couple of hours Ms Whatcott and Nixon were on their way to Primary Children Hospital in Salt Lake City, getting checked into the oncology department where he got another X-ray and blood drawn.

The following morning Nixon was taken in for a CT scan followed by a MRI and bone scan and later he went into surgery so they could take a sample of the tumour in his bone to see if it was cancerous or not.

A couple of hours later, Ms Whatcott’s world shattered when she learned that the tumours in Nixon’s leg were cancerous.

During the surgery the doctors put a port in Nixon’s chest which will be used for chemotherapy treatments. 

Nixon was taken into surgery to see whether the tumours in his legs were cancerous

Nixon was taken into surgery to see whether the tumours in his legs were cancerous

During the surgery doctors put a port in Nixon's chest which will be used for chemotherapy treatments.

During the surgery doctors put a port in Nixon’s chest which will be used for chemotherapy treatments.

Tthe cancer is very rare but aggressive and had already spread to his lungs where numerous little tumours were also found

Tthe cancer is very rare but aggressive and had already spread to his lungs where numerous little tumours were also found

Later that night Ms Whatcott and Mr Whatcott met with the oncologist to gather information on osteosarcoma and the treatment plan for the cancer.

In that meeting Nixon’s parent’s hearts broke when they found out the cancer is very rare but aggressive and had already spread to his lungs where numerous little tumours were also found.

Nixon’s family rallied around Nixon making sure he was ready to start ‘kicking cancer’s butt’. 

Before being admitted, Nixon spent a few days with his family having fun and receiving gifts to get him ready to fight the cancer.

Nixon's family rallied around Nixon making sure he was ready to start 'kicking cancer's butt'

Nixon’s family rallied around Nixon making sure he was ready to start ‘kicking cancer’s butt’

Nixon spent a few days with his family having fun and receiving gifts to get him ready to fight the cancer

Nixon spent a few days with his family having fun and receiving gifts to get him ready to fight the cancer

On 21 February Nixon was taken to hospital to begin his first round of chemotherapy, which will go for about 10 weeks

On 21 February Nixon was taken to hospital to begin his first round of chemotherapy, which will go for about 10 weeks

Mr and Ms Whatcott have five sons, Drew who is 11, Hudson who is eight, Nixon who is six, Jett who is three, and Cole who they believe is his guardian angel

Mr and Ms Whatcott have five sons, Drew who is 11, Hudson who is eight, Nixon who is six, Jett who is three, and Cole who they believe is his guardian angel

Ms Whatcott’s initial post about Nixon has since received from all over the world with the initial post receiving over 307K reactions, 124,602 shares, and 207K comments.  

A Facebook page, Nixon Strong, was created introducing Nixon and the family to the world and letting them know about Nixon’s cancer.

Mr and Ms Whatcott have five sons, Drew who is 11, Hudson who is eight, Nixon who is six, Jett who is three, and Cole who they believe is Nixon’s guardian angel.

Nixon has been described as loving, sweet, beautiful, smart and strong. 

The family are a bunch of sport fanatics and Nixon loves playing all sports but wants to play football for the navy seal.

According to the Facebook post, Nixon loves playing baseball, football, basketball, wrestling, soccer and is obsessed with the Chicago Bears.

Nixon also loves to bake and play chef. His favourite show is Cupcake Wars.  

He means the world to the Whatcott family who are standing with him ahead and during his treatment. 

On 21 February Nixon was taken to hospital to begin his first round of chemotherapy, which will go for about 10 weeks and doctors will then do new tests and scans to evaluate the next step in his treatment and how his body is reacting to the treatment. 

Nixon has been described as loving, sweet, beautiful, smart and strong and loves the Chicago Bears

Nixon has been described as loving, sweet, beautiful, smart and strong and loves the Chicago Bears

Mr Whatcott says this has been the worst week of his life, but has never felt so much love, kindness, and gratitude 

Mr Whatcott says this has been the worst week of his life, but has never felt so much love, kindness, and gratitude 

Ms Whatcott has thanked everyone for their love and support  saying they feel so blessed that everyone is behind Nixon’s success to beat cancer

Ms Whatcott has thanked everyone for their love and support  saying they feel so blessed that everyone is behind Nixon’s success to beat cancer

On Friday, Mr Whatcott posted on Facebook saying this has been the worst week of his life.

‘I can honestly say this has been the worst week of my life, but I have also never felt so much love, kindness, and gratitude for others in my life!

‘I am completely in awe and my heart is full of gratitude for so many people throughout the entire world!

‘This battle is going to be long, rough and nasty. It is going to cause me to make tough decisions for Nixon, and I just pray I can have the inspiration from God to do what He would have me do for Nixon. 

‘I will never give up or cease fighting for Nixon.’ 

Ms Whatcott has thanked Daily Mail Australia for the love and support.

‘Thank you for your love and support. It means a lot to me.’ 

Mr and Ms Whatcott will never give up or cease fighting for Nixon and their family 

Mr and Ms Whatcott will never give up or cease fighting for Nixon and their family 



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